It’s Free. It’s Unique. It’s DIY!

Energized by the success of the past two years, Open Tuning: A Free Music Festival is back! Once again, the streets of Toronto’s Seaton Village will explode with live music from all genres at unique venues across the neighbourhood.

20150620_125251Open Tuning is a free festival celebrating live music through creating, performing, experiencing, and listening. The 5th annual Open Tuning Music Festival will take place on June 9, 2017 in Seaton Village, a dynamic and diverse Toronto neighbourhood bordered by Bloor, Dupont, Bathurst, and Christie. Musicians from all genres, ages, and levels of experience are invited to self-register and perform at venues such as front porches, parks, alleyways, garages, and street corners throughout the neighbourhood.


  • OPEN TUNING 2018 happens on June 9
  • OPEN TUNING takes place in Seaton Village, a bustling Toronto neighbourhood, bordered by Dupont Ave., Bloor St., Bathurst St., and Christie St.
  • OPEN TUNING welcomes performers and listeners from everywhere to share a great day of music together – at no charge
  • OPEN TUNING 2017 included more than 100 artists at over 20 venues across the neighbourhood. The Festival  attracted musicians of every age, genre, experience and level,  from first timers and some timers to professionals and recording artists, including members of Toronto’s Broken Social Scene and Jane Siberry.
  • OPEN TUNING was founded in 2014 by a group of local residents, inspired by la Fête de la Musique in Paris, France
  • OPEN TUNING is completely free and entirely volunteer run, with no paid advertising or corporate sponsorship or compensation of any kind




Reserve your 2018 performer’s slot today! 

Welcome to all the Musicians who are interested in performing at this year’s 5th annual OPEN TUNING Music Festival that will take place on June 9th, 2018, in Seaton Village, downtown  Toronto.

2017’s  Festival line-up  boasted over 100 acts – musicians of every age, genre, experience and level, with youth bands and first time performers, sometime players and seasoned professionals.  They be shared their songs and sounds for the love of music at numerous venues throughout Seaton Village neighbourhood.

Organizers are already preparing for our 5th annual Festival. Simply read and agree to the  Open Tuning Musicians Charter and then register here + follow us for updates: 

QUESTIONS?   Contact us:

List of 2016 Festival Performers 

List of 2015 Festival Performers

 List of 2014 Festival Performers

All performers must read and agree to the  Open Tuning Musicians Charter



Volunteer3Open Tuning is always looking for volunteers because we are a free event: no advertising, no sponsors, no financial compensation. We are 100% volunteer driven. We do this for the love of music and community – and this event is a great way to share both.   We want all of our volunteers to gain a positive experience – go away happy, and hopefully return for next year’s festival.


 volunteer2Open Tuning 2017 is already on track to be the biggest and bestest yet.   Last year we managed more than 100 acts at  20+ venues – with a great team of volunteers working with us before during and after the festival.

If you have some time either before or on June 10th, and want to help fill Toronto streets with free music for everyone, get in touch with us – we’d love to work with you. And this is also a great opportunity for high school students to get their volunteer hours.



If you want to help, please read our

volunteer charter and fill out our

Secure Volunteer Registration Form

Student Volunteers can receive Community Hours Credits:  more info –  when you register, please indicate that you are a student. Further instructions on scheduling and training will be provided after registration.

Lots of Opportunities Available: 

Volunteers needed right away: looking for online Festival Ambassadors, Poster Distribution and Flyer drop-off, Student Volunteer Recruiters, Pre-Festival Events Helpers, Button Maker, graphic artists, Sign maker, Festival Documentation Coordinator… lots to do!

Volunteers needed on Festival day:   Set-up/tear down Crews, Equipment distribution, Venue and Stage Managers and Sound Techs (we’ll train you!), Festival greeters and ambassadors, Photographers and Videographers, Volunteer Coordinators … you name it!